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AISSR Lecture series: fundamental questions for the social sciences. Organized by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).

Upcoming AISSR lectures

14 May 2024 | Roanne van Voorst & Daniel Mügge

Tuesday 14 May | 15.30 - 17:00 | De Brugs

Societal Dynamics of Artificial Intelligence

In this double lecture, Roanne van Voorst (futures-anthropologist) and Daniel Mügge (Professor of Political Arithmetic), will highlight the essential contribution the social sciences have to make to our understanding of real-world AI: they chart how AI regulates humans, and how humans, in turn, can and do regulate AI.

20 June 2024 | Mario L. Small

The Data Revolution and the Study of Social Inequality: Promise and Perils.

Mario L. Small is Quetelet Professor of Social Science in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. 

More information & registration coming soon.

tba | Matthew Desmond

Poverty, by America.

Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.

More information coming soon.

Previous AISSR Lectures

21 March 2024 | Annemarie Mol & Maria Kaika

Materialities in social science research: two lectures, one conversation 

Since they arose, social sciences liberated themselves from natural sciences, allowing for unique research. However, this focus has hindered understanding of the material aspects of social life.

Professors Maria Kaika and Annemarie Mol discussed their solutions in this double lecture and aftertalk.

15 February 2024 | Karen van Oudenhoven

Low Confidence in a High Trust Society | The Role of Inequality and Polarization

Karen van Oudenhoven is the director of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP).

In her lecture she focused on how heightened structural inequality is creating divisions in society. Leading to affective polarization that could jeopardize the status of Dutch society as a high trust community.

12 January 2024 | Zeynep Tüfekçi

Artificial Intelligence. New frontiers, Old Problems

In this AISSR Lecture, 'sociologist of technology' and UvA honorary doctorate Zeynep Tufekci reflected on 'Artificial Intelligence. New frontiers, Old Problems' with lessons from the internet, digital technology & mobile revolution. 

14 December 2023 | Farid Boussaid & Erella Grassiani

The War in Gaza: History, Context, Dynamics.

During this AISSR Lecture, Farid Boussaid and Erella Grassiani each examined the history, context, and dynamics of the war in Gaza by drawing upon their expertise and research.

The full video of  this AISSR Lecture is now online.

16 November 2023 | AISSR Harvest Day 2023

This year was our 10th AISSR Harvest Day. A special milestone in which we looked back and forward to the social sciences and the role of our Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

We started this special day with three special AISSR lectures: 

  1. Philomena Essed | From Everyday Racism to Responsible Risk Taking in Higher Education. Aftertalk with Maggi Leung | Professor of International Development Studies, AISSR.
  2. Eelke Heemskerk | The Future of Social Science. Navigating the Digital Age's Transformative Potential. Aftertalk with Roanne van Voorst | Future-Anthropologist, AISSR.
  3. Maarten Hajer | Utopianism and the Drama of Environmental Politics. Aftertalk with Karen Paiva Henrique | Assistant Professor in Governance and Inclusive Development, AISSR.
19 October 2023 | Diane E. Davis | Sovereignty in the Anthropocene

The second AISSR Lecture was given by Harvard Professor Diane E. Davis: Sovereignty in the Anthropocene.

Davis delved into the intersections of urban sovereignty, ecological challenges, and the evolving needs of the 21st century.

The full video of  this AISSR Lecture is now online.

21 September 2023 | Chris Bail | The past, present and future of computational social science

The first AISSR Lecture was given on September 21 by Chris Bail, one of the foremost computational social scientists . Bail traced the remarkable journey of Computational Social Science: from its origins on the fringes to its current status as a mainstream field in universities worldwide.